RED BANK: WHICH SHADE DO YOU PREFER?

rb painter 081414A corner of a building on Monmouth Street in Red Bank displayed sample colors as painter Joe Buonacquista worked last Thursday. We’ll have shades of blue overhead Monday, with partly sunny skies and temperatures peaking at about 79 degrees according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

CLIPPINGS: ARTIST IN THE ROUND

CLIPPINGS_220Artist Ellen Martin in her Red Bank studio on June 11, 2014.

Because she was born on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, “it was perhaps inevitable I become an artist,” says Martin. But it wasn’t until 2008, after years as a marketing director, an artists’ representative and an art consultant that she began painting. Her work may be seen here. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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AN ARTIST FOREVER AT HOME IN HER WORK

evelyn-leavensEvelyn Leavens with a work-in-progress landscape in her Red Bank studio. (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

Parked on an easel in the sunlit second-floor studio on the east end of Red Bank, a painting is taking shape, almost in turn-of-the-seasons real time; brashly delineated trees sprouting like declarative statements from the thrill-ride curves of a crazy quilt countryscape.

What might have been the makings of some plein-air jigsaw puzzle in less imaginative hands is becoming, under the artist’s patient eye and brush, a ruckus of bold shapes and colors — a scene in which Nature’s delightfully messy-thorny-scratchy surprises lurk beneath those curvaceous comforts.

Just don’t ask about a title for the canvas, at least not yet. To Evelyn Leavens, the name “Work in Progress” will suit it just fine. In fact, to hear the 85-year-old painter, photographer and instructor tell it, her 60-year career is still just that — a work in progress.

With a major solo exhibit of her paintings on display now at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft — as well as a contribution to a much-anticipated group show opening this weekend at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art — the work of the locally legendary Leavens has never been more visible and accessible. Still, the artist herself would prefer not to call it a “retrospective.” Think of it as a chance for Leavens to pause for one moment — a moment in which the rest of us can struggle to catch up — before sprinting ahead to the next challenge.

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